Addiction is defined on Dictionary.com as "the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma." There is some debate as to whether or not people can actually develop a full blown addiction to playing video games, but the fact of the matter is that there are in fact people who play video games too much, and often at the expense of everything else in their lives. So how can you be sure whether or not someone you love may be in need of video game addiction treatment?

If your spouse or sibling or child seems to be playing video games more than they participate in any other activity, they may be in need of video game addiction treatment. After all, an addiction (even a video game addiction) can steal a person's life away bit by bit, causing grades to drop, jobs and relationships to be destroyed, etc.

You should also be aware that most video game addictions (though not all of them) seem to revolve around multi-player role playing games. So it's important for you to know what kind of video games your loved one is playing on a regular basis.

While video game addiction is not in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (also known as the DSM-IV), there is a chance that it could be approved for inclusion in the next edition, which gives you a sense of just how seriously mental health researchers and practitioners are taking the idea of video game addiction.

On a purely anecdotal level, several individual therapists firmly believe and have stated on the record in numerous print and online articles in a wide variety of publications that they have provided individual clients suffering with video game addiction treatment.

If you decide to investigate the possibility of video game addiction treatment for your loved one, you and your loved one will want to seek out a therapist with plenty of experience treating addicts, because therapists who specialize in treating addicts have been specially trained to help addicts change both their thinking patterns and their behavior for the better.